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In many ways, the collapse of our friendship feels like a one night stand where I play the part of the overtly romantic person who seems to think our exchange meant the world and you play the role of the one who woke up early and simply walked away. I know it’s more complicated than that – as most things in life tend to be – but to have traveled together …

[ Written by Nikki | 2 Jul 2015 | 7 Comments | ]

As I sit here in New York City, looking at another dreary day unfolding outside my window, I’m thinking about the view I had one year ago. That view had nothing to do with the red brick buildings and alleyways of Astoria; but rather featured the jungle foliage and sunny weather of Panama. Back in March 2014, I flew down to Central America with friends in tow to visit Panama …

[ Written by Nikki | 27 Jun 2015 | 6 Comments | ]

I never knew what the buzz was all about. Katja and Kathi have been hooked on South Tyrol for a while and I refused to believe it would be all that different from the “other Italy” that I have been to so many times: Venice, Rome, Garda, Trieste, Milan, you name it.
Turns out, South Tyrol really is different. There is something particularly stunning about Bolzano’s little alleys, colorful houses and the …

[ Written by Caroline | 24 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]

A backpacker community living on a paradise island, far removed from the hustling tourist hordes of the mainland – sound familiar? Considering that Alex Garland lived in the Philippines for six months before penning his backpacker classic The Beach, it wasn’t a surprise to learn that there are more beautiful beaches and undeveloped islands in this magical archipelago than you can shake a stick at. You could quite happily spend …

[ Written by Alex | 21 Jun 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

Islands suck and the story I’m about to tell you is a bit ridiculous, mainly because I’m to blame for the drama.
A couple of weekends ago I traveled to lake Chiemsee in Bavaria for a story on the love affair between islands, lakes and castles in the area. I thought it’d be a brilliant idea to convince the right people to let me stay in a small room that is …

[ Written by Caroline | 20 Jun 2015 | 6 Comments | ]

So, you went to South East Asia? And once the holidays are over you try to hold on to the last rays of sunshine in your mind, whether you are aware of it or not. You sport a tan and smug grin which are sure signs that you have just returned from the sunny shores of the Philippines, the ancient temples in Thailand or from playing with monkeys in Borneo. …

[ Written by Annika | 19 Jun 2015 | 10 Comments | ]

Last November I was in Marrakech to attend Pure, an experiential travel conference. One of their speakers was the charismatic travel writer Pico Iyer. He told tales of his life and his travels, spoke about the world, of his new home in Japan and of course about Marrakech. Coming here back in the eighties as a young and, as he described himself, poor writer, he would stay in a cheap …

[ Written by Annika | 10 Jun 2015 | 3 Comments | ]

You are a traveler and you ‘suffer’ from wanderlust. You’ve already seen half the globe and aim for the whole thing before you are forty. Or thirty. You speak at least two languages and you know how to make small talk in at least three more. Your Facebook friends include people from every continent and there is a big chance that you don’t even remember how you met half of …

[ Written by guest | 29 May 2015 | 13 Comments | ]

Hands up who can surf? If you’ve raised your hand then you will probably find this story of true novices an entertaining read. For those who are well-experienced with this physically intense and incredible balancing act of surfing, try remember back to your true beginner stages where you encountered more waves on your head and in your face, rather than under your board. For those who are yet to try …

[ Written by Sophie | 28 May 2015 | 5 Comments | ]

I was about to visit Asia for the first time, and of course I had certain things in mind, when I thought about Japanese culture and its people. Still, I didn’t really know what to expect. I am not a big planner and think that it doesn’t matter how much research and planning you do in advance – the experience itself is the thing that counts and without too much planning your experience …

[ Written by guest | 26 May 2015 | One Comment | ]
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